Divers Rescue Teddy Bear From Costa Concordia

After little boy's father asks Giglio residents for help

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 10, 2012 8:34 AM CST

(Newser) – At this point, dives into the Costa Concordia wreck usually involve recovering bodies, but divers recently got a break from that grim task for a more bittersweet rescue operation: recovering a little boy's teddy bear. The mayor of Giglio asked the divers to find the bear after seeing a letter the child's father sent to the island's residents with the request; the father said the boy had been unable to sleep without it. And find it they did, hidden amidst debris inside one of the ship's cabins, the Telegraph reports. The toy companion was returned to the boy bedraggled but otherwise unharmed.

In this frame grab taken from a video made available by Italian Firefighters, Jan. 30, 2012, a scuba diver inspects the cruise ship Costa Concordia grounded off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy
In this frame grab taken from a video made available by Italian Firefighters, Jan. 30, 2012, a scuba diver inspects the cruise ship Costa Concordia grounded off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy   (AP Photo/Italian Firefighters)
Firemen scuba divers check one of the propellers of the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia that run ashore off the Tuscany island of Isola del Giglio, Italy in this file photo.
Firemen scuba divers check one of the propellers of the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia that run ashore off the Tuscany island of Isola del Giglio, Italy in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Vigili del Fuoco)
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